Cake Pops: The Latest Dessert Craze
I think collectively as a society, we can all say, cupcakes are so over. Sure they’ll always have a sugary sweet place in our hearts, but it’s time we indulged our sweet tooth’s with something new. For a while, it was all about pies, then came macaroons, and even whoopie pies, which aren’t even pies at all. But I think it’s pretty clear, 2011 is the year of the cake pop.
Who needs to feel guilty about eating a whole slice of cake, when you can snack on the pint size version of one without even lifting your fork. So if you’ve been living under a rock, or haven’t been to Starbucks lately, I’ll tell you what these Cake Pops are all about.
Cakesicles, Cupcake Pops, whatever you want to call them, these mini donut-hole shaped morsels get made using crumbled cake, which are then mixed with frosting, and dipped into a melted candy coating using a lollipop stick.
Of course there are lots of shortcuts to making these pint-sized confections. If you’re up for the challenge, I highly suggest you check out the cookbook “Cake Pops”, written by the Godmother of Cake Pops, Bakerella. The book features all sorts of whimsical designs and easy step-by-step directions on how to make your own.
For the more beginner bakers like myself, there’s the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. Simply load up the mold with cake mix, and within minutes you have instant baked cake balls to decorate as you please. This handy gadget is also kid-friendly, so it’s great for quick and easy Birthday treats.
As someone who’s not a big fan of sweets, I have to say I was won over by this latest craze. I love the limitless ways you can decorate them, and the bite-size appeal, so it never tastes too sweet. Just do a quick google search of “cake pops” and you’ll see the kind of crazy creations that are being baked-up every day. There’s even a Lady Gaga cake pop. Yes, of course there is.
For a quick crash-course on how to try out this trend, check out the video below, courtesy of the Cake Pop Queen.